Firstly, Longhorn@Berkeley has something important to note:
hey we're in the BCS polls at lucky number 21
And The Recruit, Esq. a bunch of chill law students who are getting an early start on the whole "Lawyers Who Run SBN Blogs" thing wrote this funny article on fake Cal recruit Kevin Hart. So, czech it out.
So, anyway, Conquest Chronicles. SBN's USC blog. The big boy on campus here. I hate them. They disgust me. I want them all to die fiery deaths of absolute pain.
Because they are so calm and reasonable about things. THEY ARE USC FANS! They should be total dicks about things. They should be mocking us for things we can't control like injuries and sunshine. They should be casting doubt on all non-USC teams for not being USC. They should proclaiming to the world how amazing USC is. But they don't? What kind of USC fans are these?
Why do they make it so hard for me to hate USC? I mean its USC. Abusive fans. Brutal dominance. World's worst band. They are so easy to hate. I want to hate. I LOVE TO HATE!
Hell, this should be Hate USC Week. We can all sit around and discuss how much we hate USC. How much we love to hate them. How much we hate to hate them. How much we hat to hat them. Nobody hats more than me. I'm the hattingest son of a bitch around.
But then Conquest Chronicles has to come running in here being all nice and delightful. I mean c'mon! Give me something to work with people. For the love of Tedford!
So, let's make this Hate Week. But please, keep those Conquest Chronicles people far away. They only make us like that. And what kind of Hate is that? I ask you, what kind of hate is that?
While we work strongly on hating USC, let's get to some links. A lot of Cal sports going on this weekend. Obviously, we all follow the football and that is exciting. But there is more to look for. Read this:
Women's v-ball falls to UDub:
BERKELEY - The No. 4-ranked California volleyball team (19-3, 9-2 Pac-10) had its school-record 16-match home winning streak snapped by No. 6 Washington (17-4, 8-3 Pac-10) today in a 3-0 sweep (25-17, 27-25, 25-19) at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif. The Bears committed too many errors to overcome Washington's efficient offense (45k, 11e, 114, .298) and rarely led in their first 3-0 loss at home since a Nov. 11, 2006 sweep to USC.
Washington sophomore outside hitter Becky Perry led all players with 16 kills on the day and committed just one error on her 38 attacks (.395). Junior outside hitter Hana Cutura led the Bears with 10 kills (7e, 31att, .097). Junior middle hitter Mindi Wiley had nine kills (5e, 20att, .200) and senior outside hitter Am'ra Solomon followed with eight kills (3e, 22att, .227) as the Bears registered their second-worst hitting percentage of the season as a team (.164, 40k, 22e, 110att).
The Huskies earned match point when redshirt junior outside hitter Airial Salvo knocked down her 12th kill of the night (3e, 33att, .273). Perry claimed her 16th kill when she shot a ball off the Cal block to end the match. The Bears got within four points at 23-19 when one of Washington's serves went long of the end line but couldn't complete their comeback bid. Cal trailed 8-2 to open the third set but fought back to earn the set's first tie at 12-all when Wiley killed a ball off a quick set from sophomore setter Carli Lloyd. The Bears fell back once more and never led in the set but managed to tie the score again at 14-all when Lloyd dropped a dunk to the middle of the court. However, the Huskies went ahead quickly by capitalizing on Cal's errors to pull away for good. Cal had 12 kills on 35 attacks in the third set but committed nine errors to log a .086 attack rate. Washington also had 12 kills on 35 attacks but with just four errors to record a .229 attack percentage in the third.
Men's soccer loses:
SAN DIEGO - In its final road game of the regular season, the No. 7 California men's soccer team was shut out by San Diego State, 1-0, Sunday afternoon in San Diego, Calif. The Golden Bears finished the weekend without a win or a goal. Cal returns to Berkeley with a record of 7-3-5, 2-2-3.
SDSU's Jamel Wallace put the only score on the board in the 23rd minute. Cal goalkeeper Stefan Frei made six saves on the day, despite allowing the one goal.
Cal outshot the Aztecs, 20-11, with 13 of them coming in the second half.
Men's water polo wins:
BERKELEY - The No. 4-ranked Cal men's water polo team (14-5, 1-2) utilized a balanced offensive attack with 10 different players scoring on the way to an 11-8 MPSF victory over No. 7 UC Santa Barbara (12-8, 1-2) Saturday at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Golden Bears, who captured their first MPSF league match of the year, were led by two goals by redshirt freshman Charlie Steffens and outstanding goalie play from sophomore Jacob McIntosh, who finished with nine saves, including blocking a Gaucho five-meter penalty shot in the fourth period.
UCSB's Jessie Tootell opened the day's scoring with a goal at 5:26 in the first period, but Cal came back to tie the match with a goal by freshman Ivan Rackov with 3:48 in the opening quarter for a 1-1 tie. From there, the Bears rattled off the next three goals to begin the second period on scores by freshman Cory Nasoff, junior Mike Sample and sophomore Zach White for a 4-1 advantage. Milos Golic and Miles Price scored goals for the Gauchos to get UCSB within 4-3 with 2:31 left in the first half.
But Cal separated itself with a 5-0 run, beginning with senior captain Frank Reynolds' goal with 1:59 left in the first half. Consecutive scores by junior All-American Spencer Warden, Steffens, sophomore Brian Dudley and freshman Luka Saponjic to open the third quarter gave the Bears a commanding 9-3 lead. UCSB finished the third period scoring on two five-meter penalty shots from Milos Golic.
Field hockey loses to Stanford:
STANFORD, Calif. - Sixteenth-ranked California suffered its first loss in the NorPac Conference this season with a 2-1 overtime setback to rival Stanford on Saturday afternoon at the rain-drenched Varsity Field Hockey Turf. The Golden Bears had a 1-0 first-half lead before the host Cardinal fought back for the victory. Cal, which had previously won the conference regular-season title and top seed in the NorPac Tournament, saw its record fall to 12-4 (5-1 NorPac). Stanford improved to 6-10 (4-2 NorPac).
Each team defeated its rival on its home field this season, as Cal beat Stanford, 2-1, on Oct. 24 in Berkeley.
"It was a crazy game," Cal head coach Shellie Onstead said of today's match. "We played really well, but there were awful conditions for both teams. I thought we played very well for most of the game. We had opportunities we should have finished, and it would've been a whole different game.
"This was a typical Stanford game where it stays close. We can't not put opportunities in and hope to win. We need a two-goal differential or three-goal differential and not just one goal when we have opportunities like we had today."
Senior defender Carolina Bistue had given Cal a 1-0 lead at the 19:11 mark, scoring a goal set up by a penalty corner for her eighth goal of the season. Senior midfielder/forward Andrea Lo took the corner and senior defender Rachel Moffitt made the stick stop to earn assists for the Bears.
"Caro scored on a high flick that she's been working on all year," Onstead said. "I had her put in more work on it this week, so that was really cool to see."
Women's soccer loses to UCLA:
LOS ANGELES - After holding No. 3 UCLA scoreless through the first 70 minutes, the No. 25 California women's soccer team fell 3-0 to the Bruins on Sunday afternoon. Cal junior keeper Gina Pellegrini made a total of seven saves, five of which game in the first half. With the loss, the Golden Bears fall to 10-6-1 overall and 3-4-1 in the Pac-10 Conference while UCLA continues its unbeaten streak for a 16-0-2 overall record and is now 7-0 in the Pac-10.
Pellegrini, who was tabbed for the start, made three saves in the box in the first 15 minutes of play. Cal's first shot on goal came 33 minutes into the game from senior forward Nikki Schrey, and was saved by UCLA's Ashley Thompson. Senior forward Torrey Delaplane had a shot on goal at 42:09, which was stopped by Thompson. Delapane's shot was the final offensive attack of the first half for either side, and the teams went into the locker room knotted, 0-0.
UCLA kept Pellegrini on her toes in the second half as well, and the Santa Rosa, Calif., native made two stops in the first part of the second half. Sophomore forward Alex Morgan had a shot that was saved by Thompson and the Bears earned a corner kick shortly thereafter, but they could not convert. The Bruins broke the stalemate in the 71st minute with a shot from the top of the box to the right corner by McCall Zerboni.
Women's v-ball beats WSU:
BERKELEY - The No. 4-ranked California volleyball team (19-2, 9-1 Pac-10) got back to its winning ways and kept Washington State winless in conference play as it took a four-set victory (20-25, 25-17, 30-28, 25-19) over the Cougars (7-14, 0-10 Pac-10) today at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears were led by senior outside hitter Am'ra Solomon who had a match-high 16 kills (5e, 39att, .282) and sophomore setter Carli Lloyd, who's 55 assists helped her team register a .310 attack percentage (65k, 21e, 142att).
Lloyd had her sixth double-double of the year as she added 12 digs to her stat line but junior libero Kristen Kathan led all players with 21 digs on the night. Freshman outside hitter Tarah Murrey attacked efficiently, getting 13 kills on 22 attempts (3e, .455) and had three blocks. Junior middle hitter Mindi Wiley logged 11 kills on 20 attacks (5e, .300) and led the Bears with four blocks, two solo.
Washington State junior outside hitter Jackie Albright shot a ball right into the outstretched hands of Wiley on the last play of the match but had it sent right to the floor as Wiley got her second solo block of the night. Up four points, the Bears got caught at 18-all after the Cougars took three consecutive kills. However, after a timeout, Cal came to life and grabbed the next five points back. A Wiley kill set up match point at 24-19 before her block ended Cougar hopes of a fifth set. The Bears had 14 kills on 45 attacks in the fourth set (3e, .244) and held the Cougars to a .064 attack percentage (12k, 9e, 47att).
The Bears stormed out to a 10-3 lead in the third set but the Cougars chipped away at the lead by continuing to force Cal into attack errors. Down 18-10, Washington State embarked on an 11-1 run to go up 21-19. The Bears kept pace, however, by trading points with the Cougars until the teams were tied 26-all. Cal took a 28-27 lead on a kill by Wiley but the Cougar attack persisted, forcing a final tie at 28-all. A kill by Solomon and an attack error by Albright ended the set 30-28 in Cal's favor. The Bears hit .205 in the third and had 17 kills (9e, 39att) while the Cougars claimed 12 kills with 11 errors (36att) to register a .028 attack rate.
Men's soccer ties with UCLA:
LOS ANGELES - Neither seventh-ranked California or No. 23 UCLA could find the back of the net as their Friday night match at Drake Stadium ended in a 0-0 tie. Golden Bears' goalkeeper Stefan Frei recorded seven saves en route to earning his sixth clean sheet of the season.
Sophomore Andrew Wiedeman led the Bears (7-2-5, 2-1-3) with three shots on goal, while fellow sophomore Servando Carrasco took a total of five shots, two of which were on goal. Senior Pat Marion also had two shots on goal.
The Bruins (7-4-6, 5-1-2) were relentless in trying to put the game's first tally on the board in the second overtime, forcing Frei to make three saves. Frei also made three saves in the second half of regulation. His 17 career shutouts rank him fifth on Cal's all-time list. His counterpart, UCLA keeper Brian Perk, also collected seven saves.
Cal outshot the Bruins, 23-20.
Cal will now head further south and face San Diego State on Sunday at 1 p.m. in San Diego.
Kallim Stewart is in tennis semi-finals:
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The California men's tennis team completed first-day play at the 2008 UNLV Rebel Classic with just three wins in six matches. The Golden Bears face players from host UNLV, Fresno State, Arizona, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Fresno Pacific in the three-day tournament on the courts of the Fertitta Tennis Complex in Las Vegas, Nev.
Junior Kallim Stewart got two of Cal's wins on the day--first coming up with a come-from-behind win over Joe Wood of New Mexico. Stewart dropped his first set 6-4, but fought back for a 6-2, 6-3 result in the second and third set. His victory drew Vicente Joli of Fresno Pacific in the quarterfinal round where Stewart edged his opponent in a tiebreaker (7-6) in the first set and then took a 6-4 win in the second. Stewart will face UNLV's Elliott Wronski in tomorrow's flight-one semifinal.
Cal sophomores didn't fare quite as well as Stewart in the flight-one singles draw as both fell in 6-4, 6-2, matches. Aside from having identical scores, both Bears lost to opponents from Fresno State. Bozhidar Katsarov fell to Rikus de Villiers and Jonathan Dahan came up short against Remi Boutillier. Dahan did not play in the consolation round but Katsarov got a 6-3, 6-3 win over Fabio Silva of Fresno Pacific.
In the second flight of singles players, freshman Thai Tu received a first-round bye as the top-seeded player in the field but could not handle Fresno Pacific's Maxime Adam, falling in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinal.
XC ties for third at Pac10 championships.
The No. 24 California men's cross country team tied for third with No. 24 Washington with 104 points Friday at the Pac-10 Championships, held at the Springfield Country Club in Springfield, Ore. Seniors Yosef Ghebray and Mark Matusak led the Golden Bears as each finished in the top 15. The Cal women finished eighth with 209 points.
Top-ranked Oregon won the men's 8K team crown with 28 points. Following the Ducks was No. 2 Stanford in second with 47 points. After Cal and Washington, No. 13 UCLA came in fifth and Washington State took sixth.
Ghebray paced the Bears, placing sixth at 23:43. The other top Cal runners were Matusak and junior Michael Coe. Matusak took 14th, touring the course in 23:56, while Coe finished in 21st at 24:22.
Galen Rupp and Luke Puskedra from Oregon finished first and second, respectively, in 22:55 and 23:32.
For the women, top-ranked Washington won the women's 6K title with 15 points, while No. 2 Oregon was second with 55 points and No. 18 Stanford was third with 99 points.
Women's soccer loses to USC:
LOS ANGELES - The No. 25 California women's soccer team fell, 2-0, to No. 10 USC on Friday afternoon at SC's McAlister Field. The Golden Bears had seven shots on goal and limited the Trojans to four but still lost the conference match. Cal drops to 10-6-1 overall and 3-3-1 in the Pac-10 Conference while USC improves to 13-3-1 and 3-2-1 Pac-10.
The Friday, Oct. 31 game between No. 25 California and No. 10 USC will be broadcast via a tape delay for the week following the game. The Pac-10 conference match-up- will be shown on Comcast Bay Area on Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. For more information, please reference a PDF of the scheduled rebroadcasts here.
"I'm proud of the way we played today against a very good USC team," Cal head coach Neil McGuire said. "We were beaten by two fantastic free kicks, but we certainly had chances of our own that we did not capitalize on."
Okanes has article on Tucker and others:
BERKELEY — Verran Tucker started making his case as Cal's go-to receiver two weeks ago at Arizona. After Saturday's game against Oregon, the case may be closer to being closed.
Tucker caught six passes for 83 yards, including a couple of pivotal third-down grabs, during the Bears 26-16 victory at Memorial Stadium. That followed a four-catch, 68-yard performance against the Wildcats. Tucker has more catches and yards than any Cal receiver over the past three games.
"This game was another step toward where I'd like to be, which is the go-to guy and one of the leading receivers on this team," Tucker said. "Eventually, one of us is going to step up. That's where we all want to be. Whoever the go-to guy is, I just want to get these wins every week."
Tucker caught two passes for 41 yards on Cal's first scoring drive, both catches coming on first down. That helped set up a 22-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Riley to Jeremy Ross.
"Big-time," Cal coach Jeff Tedford said when asked about Tucker's performance. "He had some nice catches on third down over on the sideline. It's hard to catch the ball with your hands in that type of weather, and I thought he did a great job of concentrating and catching it with his hands."
Cal focuses on USC game:
Inside their team meeting room, Cal's triumphant charges celebrated their 26-16 victory over Oregon by belting out the traditional "Bear territory" chant with unusual gusto. On the other side of the wall, their fans were exiting Memorial Stadium chanting a different tune:
As tedious as Saturday's rain-tortured, turnover-laden game was, it was forgotten just that quickly. For its next act, Cal heads to USC where, for the third time in five seasons, it will play a game worthy of just about whatever significance you care to infer upon it.
Sunday night Okanes update:
Jeff Tedford and the Bears usually are pretty predictable in dismissing the importance of any given game. They are not alone. That is usually the norm in college football, getting comments that “it’s just another game” or “there’s a long way to go”, etc.
But after Saturday’s win over Oregon, Tedford admitted there’s no way he will be able to convince his players that this Saturday’s game at USC is just another game.
“They’re not going to buy that,” he said. “They will know that we have to prepare the same no matter who we play every week, but when you down to play SC, you have a tendency to get really hyped up. So we’re going to have to keep our poise and focus on what we need to do and just prepare really well to play a great football team.”
Co Co Times slideshow on Oregon game.
So, please hate. Just sit and hate. Hate and sit. Do some work maybe. I don't care what you do during your week. Just hate while you are doing it. So much hate.
And so much GO BEARS!